Camelot Pays Out Record Breaking £35.1 Million Lottery Jackpot
A lucky winner of the National Lottery will now be settling into life £35.1 million better off after winning the game’s biggest ever prize.
This week Camelot confirmed that it has validated and paid out the record breaking win which was a result of the draw on April 6th. The winner has decided to remain anonymous but they will have received £35,133,888.
This is the third enormous lottery win of the year. In January David and Carol Martin won £33,035,323 when they split the record breaking £66 million jackpot with another winner who chose to remain anonymous. Just a few weeks later Gerry and Lisa Cannings won a huge jackpot of £32.5 million.
The previous record was set over twenty years ago in 1995 when two business partners from St Leonards-on-Sea won a jackpot of £22.5 million. In 1996 three winners shared a £44 million prize taking home more than £14 million each.
The record breaking jackpots are the result of the controversial changes to the lottery that Camelot made in 2015. The changes were designed to result in larger jackpots and more winners but fewer winners of large amount.
Now the odds of winning the lottery jackpot are one in 292.2 million. However, since last October the lottery has crated over 100 millionaires suggesting that Camelot’s changes are actually very effective.
Nonetheless lottery wins in the UK are still far smaller than those elsewhere. In the US a $1.5 billion jackpot was shared by three people in January which was the largest lottery jackpot ever recorded.